This Week’s PGA Tour Confidential: Who’s the Best in the World? Was Byrd’s Win Exciting? Etc.
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Jonathan Byrd and Robert Garrigus share a hug after Garrigus yipped away a three-footer to lose to Byrd on the 2nd playoff hole

As an SI Golf+ contributor, I’ll be chiming in on the SI Golf Group’s must-read weekly Sunday roundtable from time-to-time. Here’s an excerpt from last night’s banter:

Bamberger: What’s fun about trying to name the best player in the world is that, to my thinking, there’s no real science behind it. It’s the guy you want on your side if the game is car-car-house. And right now, no matter who you’re putting up, I want G-Mac.

Jim Gorant, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: Certainly over the last seven months he’s had the most success. Even more important, he looks like he believes it right now. The guy is just canning everything. With a nod to our colleague, Dan Patrick, you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.

Evans: He’s certainly playing well, but Martin Kaymer is right up there with him.

Herre: I have him No. 1, too, Michael. The guy is on a big-time roll. It will be interesting to see how long he can keep it going. A stroke like his makes him a potential contender at Augusta.

Faxon: Gotta give credit to Kapalua founder Mark Rolfing for helping GMac read the grainiest greens we play on Tour.

Wei: McDowell stole the show today and made it really exciting coming down the stretch. When I saw his manager on the first tee today, he said to me with a sly smile, “It’s going to be a good day.” Apparently he has a crystal ball. I walked (climbed might be the better word) the last six holes with G-Mac’s group. It definitely didn’t feel like it was the Tour season opener. He couldn’t hit a bad shot or miss a putt. Best moment may have been when he holed the 20-footer on 15 for birdie.

Van Sickle: Graeme McDowell may well be the best Sunday player in the world right now. Sorry, Lee.

Go here to read the rest of our thoughts on the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Jonathan Byrd, Robert Garrigus, Camilo Villegas’ DQ and Golf Channel’s coverage.

There’s been a bit of a delay in my posting of walking the final six holes with Team G-Mac. Sorry! I have to take care of some things before jetting off to Honolulu. (No, I’m not playing golf. Sadly, I bailed on my tee time for media day at The Plantation Course to catch up on the blog, along with some other housekeeping issues. Sleep must wait until next week.) Thanks for your patience and continued support.

Oh, by the way, who do you guys think is the best player in the world right now? And what did you think of season-opener? For those who found time to watch in between football games, not too shabby, huh?

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)